SCORE: Twins 8, Red Sox 2.
BREAKDOWN: The Sox were held to five hits, one a home run by Bryce Brentz in the sixth inning off Casey Fien. Dalier Hinojosa, a righthander from Cuba, allowed three runs on four hits in the fourth inning. Milford native Chris Colabello had a two-run double in the inning.
THUMBS UP: Mike Napoli was 2 for 2. … Rookie righthander Anthony Ranaudo started and retired all six batters he faced, four by strikeout. … Veteran righthander Francisco Cordero, who sat out last season, allowed two hits but pitched a scoreless sixth inning. … The Sox lost their first Grapefruit League game last season and overcame it to win the World Series.
THUMBS DOWN: Brentz overran a single in the fourth inning, allowing a run to score. Brock Holt had a throwing error in the eighth inning that also led to a run for the Twins.
MEDICAL REPORT: Daniel Nava (neck) took batting practice again and is scheduled to be in the lineup as the left fielder on Saturday. … Non-roster outfielder Corey Brown has some swelling after fouling a ball off his left hand on Thursday. He didn’t play in the game and will be evaluated further on Saturday.
AROUND THE BASES: Andrew Miller, pitching for the first time since tearing a ligament in his left foot in July, walked three of the five batters he faced. “It takes him some time to time up that delivery,” manager John Farrell said. “It’s good for us to see him on the mound. Spring training is here to get him on line.” … Sam and Seth Levinson, the agents who represent Jon Lester, are in Fort Myers. Lester will be a free agent after the season and has said he wants to stay with the Red Sox. … Sen. George Mitchell, a senior advisor to the Red Sox ownership group, attended the game. … The game drew a sellout crowd of 9,538. … The Twins and Red Sox used to play for the vaunted Mayor’s Cup. Now, with the Red Sox playing in an unincorporated section of Lee County, the trophy was renamed The Chairman’s Cup for county chairman Larry Kiker.
NEXT GAME: The Sox will travel down Daniels Parkway to play the Twins at 1:05 p.m. on Saturday. The game will be on WEEI.